States File Pointless Lawsuit Against Obama Immigration Order

A group of 17 states led by Texas (of course) has filed a federal lawsuit in response to President Obama’s immigration orders, using the same old false claim that he’s refusing to faithfully execute laws passed by Congress (in fact, Congress explicitly gives him the authority to do what he did and the courts have already agreed).

A coalition of 17 U.S. states sued the Obama administration on Wednesday saying it acted illegally by issuing an executive order to ease the threat of deportation for millions of immigrants who are in the country without the proper documents.

The case being led by Texas and filed at the Federal Court in the Southern District of Texas said the executive order announced by Obama last month violated constitutional limits on presidential powers. Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott, a Republican and the Texas governor-elect, said the lawsuit is not asking for monetary damages but is seeking to have the order declared illegal…

“The President is abdicating his responsibility to faithfully enforce laws that were duly enacted by Congress and attempting to rewrite immigration laws, which he has no authority to do,” Abbott said.

Many of the states in the coalition are Republican strongholds and include Alabama, Idaho, Mississippi and Utah.

North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory, a Republican, said his state joined the legal effort because “the president has exceeded the balance of power provisions clearly laid out in the U.S. Constitution.”

This is nothing more than political posturing. The suit will be dismissed before it ever sees a trial and Abbott knows this. This is all about pandering to the far right for 2016 purposes.

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  • coragyps

    Abbott also knows perfectly well that the economy of Texas would collapse without the undocumented people here that do many of the shitty jobs. Motel maids, dishwashers, roustabouts, dairy workers, meatpackers….

    As you say, Ed, it is purely posturing.

  • D. C. Sessions

    in fact, Congress explicitly gives him the authority to do what he did and the courts have already agreed

    That was then, this is now.

    The suit will be dismissed before it ever sees a trial and Abbott knows this.

    It’s a pretty safe bet that the suit was filed in a court with politically reliable judges, and in any case there’s a very good chance that the Roberts Court’s Team Republican will find a reason that the prior ruling does not apply. There’s a slightly lesser chance that the Republican leadership has already gotten a green light from a poll of the Court.

  • John Pieret

    D. C. Sessions:

    It’s a pretty safe bet that the suit was filed in a court with politically reliable judges, and in any case there’s a very good chance that the Roberts Court’s Team Republican will find a reason that the prior ruling does not apply.

    I understand why you might think that, but I doubt that is true. Even without the prior law, the president, as chief executive, has always had the right and duty to prioritize the money he has been allocated for any task. It is clear that the money allocated for deportation processes isn’t sufficient to deal with 11+ million people. Imagine if this suit is successful … a president couldn’t decide how best to spend the defense budget or the law enforcement budget. SCOTUS may be highly political now, but it ain’t insane.

  • chilidog99

    Don’t be so sure it will be dismissed out of hand. The AG wasn’t stupid, he forum shopped and filed his case in Brownsville TX

    where it will likely wind up in Judge Hanan’s court.

    This guy is current;y letting Orly Taitz play pretend lawyer in his court room because it gives him a chance to spout off against the federal government’s immigration policies.

    Watch, there will be a circus over this.

  • dugglebogey

    Do people think these things are free? Who do they suppose is paying the bill?